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Old 08-16-2009, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 7 year old boxer maybe 8. Shes a rescue that I've had for the past 5 years and my first dog. Anyway, she has developed some kind of skin problem that the vet wants to test for mast cell tumor. As you can imagine I am freaking out just a tad. She has some issues with her back legs with scabbiness and some bumps that when lightly squeezed do produce some blood and a little bit of pus. She has one bump that doesn't produce anything when squeezed. I wanted to see if anyone else had any idea or have seen something like this before. I know boxers are prone to cancer. Thanks.
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Old 08-16-2009, 08:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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to me it looks more like a seasonal flank alopecia...did they say why they thought it was a MCT? we give our bulldog melatonin 3mg tabs for her SFA and it helps....good luck!

****just saw the part about blood/pus, that isn't normal...Are they going to do a skin punch biopsy or an FNA? Did you already try a round of antibiotics?
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Old 08-16-2009, 08:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ummmm, they are going to do a biopsy. what kind, i don't know. they have to sedate her if that help answer that at all. the only thing I am giving her right now is benadryl, the doc is playing it right now as if it were hives or allergies, but wants to test for mct as well. he doesn't have a real answer for me yet, which is fine, but its making me freak out.
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When are they going to do it? I would get the results before I got too worked up about it...it could be many different things! Is she itchy at all? Please keep us updated, I am really curious to know! Where are you guys located at?
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Old 08-16-2009, 08:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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She goes in on Wednesday, so like any other parent I am getting worked up as the time comes closer. She is not itchy at all, they don't seem to bother her. She still has all her energy. I am in eastern PA.
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She will be okay I am really anxious to know what they come up with, the picture looks very similar to my bulldog's skin.
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I went through something similar, except my dog's sores didn't look like that, but PLEASE take a look at my thread, there's pics, wonderful advice I received form many members on here, etc. I spent $200 for my vet to do an emergency biopsy because she was soooo positive it was Mast Cell Carcinoma, and apparently a simple test could of been done. No, she didn't have MCC, but a yeast/bacteria infection, aka ringworm. And now, on top of it, she has to deal with stitches.....
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Did he do a skin scraping to see if maybe it was a bit of mange? I know that can start in small patches. It is quick test and most vets can tell you right away if it is mange or not. Kiah looses hair every summer behind and under her ears, grows back in the winter so we are not sure if it is some kind of summer allergy or version of alopecia but there is no blood or pus with it.

"Generalized demodectic mange can develop in older dogs that do not recover from the localized form of the disease. Hair loss is generalized and the skin may become secondarily infected with bacteria."

Did the rescue mention that she had had mange?
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No, no scraping was done. She did have this before on her front shoulders but not as bad. Only like one or two spots. Doc gave benadryl and it seemed to clear up. Now its back so...that sucks.

I didn't get her from a rescue. I took her from someone who was neglecting her. I think I am her third owner. She was fine when I got her, just kept in a basement....bastards. I have no paper work for her from the previous owners, but I have had her for five years so I guess if anything really bad were to happen it already would have showed up??? Unless this is it.

I'll have to see. I'll ask doc to do a scrape before he starts.
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ok, so the test results came back negative for mast cell and I guess any kind of cancer all together. I am really happy about. Doc said it could be from her skin just being irritated to having infected hair follicles. He gave me some antibiotics for her and a shampoo to try. I am supposed to wash her 2 times a week with it. So we'll see how that goes. Even if it doesn't go away, I am just happy she doesn't have cancer or anything life threatening.
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